Megan Ihnen 2019-2020 Offered Programs Now Available

Press for Mara Gibson’s “One Voice” on SKY-BORN (Navona Records)

Buy the album on Amazon here. Winnipeg Free Press American composer Mara Gibson’s second album SKY-BORN with Navona Records is a gripping response to a variety of artistic sources, showing her deft hand and unflinching approach to music-making. The new release performed by her fellow faculty members at the Kansas City-based UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance features six different works with such evocative titles as Folium Cubed and Spark. Gibson draws on a palette of extended instrumental techniques in […]

Megan Ihnen’s Year-in-Review

This time of the year always inspires me to do a lot of self-reflection. What have I done with the past 354 days, soon to be 365 days, of the year? Where did I travel? What did I learn? 2017 has often been troubling and I have found myself, on multiple occasions, feeling stuck and confused. But, I have also found myself in moments of total bliss, experiencing profound clarity, and surrounded by loved ones. I am definitely one of […]

Megan Ihnen Accepts Teaching Artist Position at Drake University

Megan Ihnen, has been employed as a teaching artist with Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She will be teaching English and French Diction as well as Vocal Methods for Instrumental Music Education Majors.

CARPEDM MUSIC MIX VOLUME III includes Megan Ihnen singing “Bound V” featured at SXSW 2016.

Megan Ihnen’s performance of Garrett Schumann’s “Bound V” with Latitude 49 was selected to be a part of CarpeDM Music Mix Volume III. The CarpeDM Music Mix will travel to Austin, TX during SXSW Interactive 2016 and will be available at the Des Moines Embassy tent during the festival. Posted on March 10, 2016 by Lindsay Keast Congratulations Des Moines! We are a city thriving with talented local artists and musicians. After a two week process of submissions and judging, we […]

Megan Ihnen Accepts Vocal Faculty Position at Graceland University

Megan Ihnen, has been employed as adjunct voice faculty at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. She will be teaching applied voice and studio class for both majors, minors, and non-majors interested in voice.

Ihnen Selected for Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, has awarded grants to 89 Maryland artists for creating work of exceptional quality within a range of disciplines. The group of outstanding choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians, poets and sculptors was selected from nearly 400 applicants and received Individual Artists Awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 to advance their artistic careers.

Soaring with SONAR

“The revelation of the evening was the performance of Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947)’s odd one-woman operatic drama, “Infinito Nero” (1988)…Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen gave a mesmerizing dramatic and musical account of the strange mystic, Saint Mary Magadelen de Pazzi (1566-1607).”

Ihnen and Muehleisen bring out the best of Gyorgy Kurtag’s ‘Kafka-Fragments’

“These qualities were borne out by a performance of one of his masterpieces, the “Kafka-Fragments,” by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and violinist Martha Morrison Muehleisen on Saturday night at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Ihnen brought a sure sense of pitch to the vocal part, stretched a bit by the extremes of its wide range but with sure-footed dramatic sense.”

Glass ceilings and open doors: Women in contemporary music

“Megan Ihnen stressed to me that the issue warrants regular discussion: “I strongly believe that it’s absolutely necessary to talk about gender parity and gender issues in new music as well as classical music.”

Ihnen went on to say that discussions about the issue should include ways of moving forward, that “it’s important to recognize it and then each do our part to overcome”. More specifically, “the solutions raised… need to be scrutinized as helpful or stumbling blocks. Do we need to change quotas in ensembles to achieve gender equality? That may be a stumbling block. But, perhaps opting for blind auditions to thwart sexism is more realistic and helpful.”

Ihnen shared her own call to action, saying, “It would serve the whole community of new music if we try to be as open-minded about the people that compose, perform, and love new music as we claim to be about the music we play.”